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Grown in Prayer

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 9:01am -- Rob
"Prayer changes things" is a phrase I hear spoken every once in awhile.  While prayer is a method or tool that God created for us to communicate with him, God is the one who changes things.  He changes us and/or the circumstances we experience when we pray.
 
So, let me ask you this question.  What needs changing today?
 

Making Every Day a Holiday (Holy Day)

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 9:07pm -- Rob
As we near the annual holidays of Thanksgiving, the celebration and remembrance of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the celebration of New Year's, we enter a season where many of our routines are interrupted with different activities and interactions.  Family, celebrations, and travel, bring many people a respite from the routines established in daily/weekly life.
 

Our Ongoing Choice

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 8:30pm -- Rob
Our lives are filled with choices.  Some daily choices we make include what we'll wear, what we'll eat during our meals, how we'll order the events of our day, and more.  But there's one choice we make moment-by-moment every day and night.  It's a choice we can forget we're making.  It's the personal choice of how close to draw near to God.  This ongoing choice affects our relationships with Him and with everyone else we come into contact with!
 
"Everything in our Christian life and service flows from our relationship with God." - J. Oswald Sanders

Top Books on Prayer

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 8:24pm -- Rob
There are volumes of books and reading material on all subjects and matters; good and bad.  Sir Francis Bacon once wrote, "some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."
 

Dispelling a Lie about God and Prayer

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 7:52pm -- Rob
There is a non-biblical belief that has entered the church, and the hearts of many Christians in our day an age.  It's one, like many, that hints of truth, but is laced with a disarming lie.  It is something that causes many Christians to relax, forfeit, and give up in prayer; even to the point of setting the Sword of the Spirit down for lengthy times.  The statement/idea is this:  "Prayer is an important thing, but God is going to do what He's going to do (whether I pray or not).

Learning From Hannah's Prayers and Praises

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 7:09pm -- Rob
In 1 Samuel chapter 1, we read about Elkanah and his wives Penninah and Hannah.  God had given favor to Penninah.  She birthed sons and daughters to Elkanah.  Hannah, however, was barren. 
 
Each year, as Elkanah would travel with his wives and children to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord, Penninah would, at some point, provoke and irritate Hannah over her barrenness.  This troubled Hannah to the point of weeping and being unable to eat.

Go Beyond Thoughts Toward Actually Praying

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:38pm -- Rob
In our day and age, many people express words of encouragement to others by saying, "I'm thinking of you today," or "My thoughts and prayers are with you."  Statements like these express care and concern and are meaningful to many who receive them.  Kind thoughts and words can momentarily bolster someone who's experienced a loss; is struggling with loneliness, or may be struggling in one way or another. 

While expressions of encouragement are useful, there's a difference between thoughts and prayers.  What are they?

Immediately Following Through in Prayer

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:47pm -- Rob
An Arabic Christian woman once shared some challenges and concerns she was facing.  An American couple, listening to her, said, "We'll pray for you."
 

The woman replied, "No, you won't!  Americans are quick to promise others that they'll pray for them, but then they walk away and never follow through!"

The couple, stunned by the women's response, then asked, "How do you know?"

"Because I never see a change in my life or circumstances.  There would be a significant difference if they actually prayed!"

Wow!

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